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Video Tech Tips: Easy Ways To Maintain Your IZIP E-Bike At Home

Video Tech Tips: Easy Ways To Maintain Your IZIP E-Bike At Home

Did you know that there are simple tasks you can do to maintain your e-bike’s performance?

IZIP’s videos show the simple inspections and adjustments that can be done on your e-bike at home.

These videos are for basic troubleshooting only. If you do not feel comfortable working on your bike, please do not hesitate to contact your local bike shop!

How to Adjust V-Brakes On Your IZIP

  • IZIP uses two types of brakes: V-Brakes and Disc Brakes. V-Brakes use two pads that squeeze against the rim of the wheel to slow you down. These pads are mounted on arms that pivot on the frame.
  • To start your brake adjustments:
    • First, make sure your wheel is centered in the dropouts.
      • You can do this by opening the quick release, wiggling the wheel, and closing it again.
      • When locking the quick-release, make sure that the lever provides a little resistance when closing.
      • Then, spin the wheel to make sure your wheel is centered.
    • Second, make sure the cable is routed from the brake correctly.
      • Make sure the cable is seated inside the barrel adjuster.
      • Then, follow down the line to the brake noodle. Make sure the cable sits inside the keyhole on the brake arm.
    • Third, look at the pad alignment on the rim.
      • Your pad should be contacting the center of the braking surface when you pull the lever.
        • Adjustments can be made by loosening the 5mm hex key and adjusting the pad as needed.
    • Fourth, make sure the brake arms are aligned.
      • Use two Phillips head adjustments screws on either arm to center the arms.
        • If you tighten or loosen the screw on either side, it will push or pull the arm left or right.
      • Your goal is to have an even space on either side of the wheel for optimal performance.
    • Spin the wheel and squeeze the brake lever after adjustments to make sure there is no rubbing.

How to Install Pedals On Your IZIP

  • Pedals are left and right-threaded. Your pedal should be marked with an L and an R to indicate their orientation.
    • Note: The Right pedal will go on the right side of the bike. The left pedal will attach to the left side of the bike.
    • Note: The right pedal will thread onto the crank arm clockwise. The left pedal threads onto the crank arm counterclockwise.
  • To install, choose your starting pedal and apply a little bike grease to keep the pedals from seizing to the crank arm.
  • Start by threading the pedal onto the crank arm by hand.
  • Once a few threads are in, grab your pedal wrench. Using a moderate amount of force, tighten your pedal.

How to Adjust The Seat On Your IZIP

  • IZIP Bikes have an easy-to-use quick-release seat post clamp, allowing for tool-free adjustment.
  • To adjust the saddle height, simply open the quick release. The seat post should slide smoothly up or down.
    • Note: If you notice the post is hard to raise or lower, you can grease the post when setting your saddle.
  • When positioning, a good starting position is to align the seat with your hip. Then hop on the bike, with your body balanced next to a wall or doorway, get on the bike. Pedal backward to get a feel for the new position.
    • Note: When your seat is adjusted properly, you will have a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke. This allows you to use all of your muscles in a pedal stroke and prevents injury.

How to Fix a Chain Problem On Your IZIP

  • Sometimes your chain will jump off the gears. This can happen when you try to shift down a lot of gears at once.
  • To fix your chain:
    • Grab a glove or a towel.
    • Grab the chain and pull forward and up around the chainring.
    • Once the chain is back on the teeth and your hands are out of the way, pedal the bike forward with the back wheel off the ground to allow the chain to shift back into place.

How to Adjust Disc Brakes On Your IZIP

  • IZIP bicycles come equipped with one of two types of braking systems: V-Brakes or Disc Brakes.
  • The Disc Brakes are easily identifiable by the large silver disc mounted on the center of the wheel.
  • Disc brake components:
    • Disc brakes use a large metal rotor attached to the hub of each wheel.
    • The rotor passes through a caliper that is mounted to the frame of the bike.
    • When you pull the brake lever, brake pads inside the caliper squeeze the rotor to slow your bike down.
  • To adjust your disc brakes, you will need the following tools: 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm hex keys
  • To begin brake adjustments, make sure your wheel is centered in the dropouts (similar to adjusting V-Brakes).
    • You can do this by opening the quick release, wiggling the wheel, and closing it again.
    • When locking the quick release, make sure that the lever provides a little resistance when closing.
    • Then, spin the wheel to make sure your wheel is centered.
  • If your rotor is still rubbing after centering the wheel, then center the caliper.
    • Loosen the caliper bolts and wiggle the caliper with a soft touch.
    • Next, grab the brake lever. When you squeeze the brake lever, you should see the caliper move as the pads push on the rotor.
    • While engaging the brake with one hand, tighten the bolts one at a time.
    • Once the bolts are tight, let go of the brake lever and spin the wheel.
    • If the rotor is still rubbing, repeat the process. 

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